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Shine a Light is a big project
Posted by: Rip This ()
Date: November 3, 2006 08:09

..as some earlier posts have suggested this is a very big Scorsese project........attached is the Guardian article of great interest.........something to look for from the Stones......



No expense spared as veteran auteur puts unstoppable rockers under the lens

Mark Brown, arts correspondent
Thursday November 2, 2006
The Guardian


Start them up again... Mick Jagger and Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones. Photograph: Scott Gries/Getty



He is one of the world's most revered film directors, and they are probably the world's biggest band. Martin Scorsese is now going to give the same treatment to the Rolling Stones that he has given to Bob Dylan, and a host of acclaimed Hollywood movies before that.
This week Scorsese began filming the band for a documentary movie due out in cinemas next year, and the director has surrounded himself with some of the industry's best names in cinematography, documentary film-making and camerawork.


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The Stones are on the New York leg of their Bigger Bang world tour, and were filmed at one their smallest venues, the art deco Beacon Theatre, by Scorsese last night and on Sunday night. Footage from the concerts is expected form the main part of the film, along with behind-the-scenes moments, interviews and historical footage of the band.
How the finished product will turn out, probably only Scorsese, 64, really knows. Nobody connected to the project will yet talk about it publicly.

On Sunday night though, it was impossible to hide the fact that it was happening. Some fans complained that they could not see properly because of the array of cameras and booms around the theatre, which seats only 2,800 people - a tiny amount for a Stones gig.

Appropriately, it was quite a night to choose. Sunday was Bill Clinton's 60th birthday and the Stones show was essentially a celebration for him, although as Keith Richards told the ex-president: "Once you have as many birthdays, you don't pay attention to them."

And it was quite a show, from the opening number of Start Me Up to the closing Jumping Jack Flash and Satisfaction. On stage with the Stones were Jack White of the White Stripes and Christina Aguilera. One of Clinton's guests was Vaclev Havel. It has been estimated that Scorsese and his crew will shoot more than half a million feet of film at the Beacon gigs, and, according to the industry magazine Screen International, the director is using award-winning directors of photography. Among the top names are Mitch Amundsen of Mission Impossible 3, Stuart Dryburgh of The Piano, and Robert Elswit of Good Night And Good Luck.

The man Scorsese is using to work on the backstage footage is a legend in his own right. Albert Maysles was, with his brother David, behind the landmark documentary Gimme Shelter about the Rolling Stones' free concert at Altamont Speedway in December 1969.

The Stones played in front of 300,000 people but what began as a flower-power love-in soon became a near riot and one person was stabbed to death. The Hollywood Reporter called it "a stunning film, a sensational piece of film-making, a landmark". Nearly 40 years later Maysles, now 79, is once again working on what many believe will be another landmark Stones film.

All four Stones, Mick Jagger, Ronnie Wood, Charlie Watts and Richards, are executive producers and Paramount has bought the North American distribution rights, while Fortissimo Films has international rights.

In 1978, Scorsese directed the concert film The Last Waltz, commemorating the farewell gig of the Band.

Nick James, editor of the British Film Institute's Sight and Sound magazine, said the rollcall of top cameramen on the new film was amazing. "It's quite amazing that you can get all those people in the same place at the same time. But then people turn up for Martin Scorsese, he has the reputation."

James said Scorsese had recently shown his talent as a documentary maker with his Bob Dylan epic No Direction Home, shown in the UK in the BBC2 Arena series. It focused on Dylan's early years between 1960 and 1966.

James added: "It managed to invest a narrative into the history of him going nuts on tour. Whether there is that kind narrative opportunity with the Rolling Stones I don't know. But I'm relishing the thought of it. I'm hoping it will be weighted to their early years."

Scorsese is being hotly tipped to end the embarrassment of being an Oscar bridesmaid with his latest movie, The Departed. Like Alfred Hitchcock and Robert Altman he has been nominated five times, but has yet to win.

Scorsese is not the only movie legend to turn cinematic documentary maker. At Cannes this year Sydney Pollack, director of such movies as Tootsie and Out of Africa, premiered his documentary about the architect Frank Gehry. However, Pollack carried his own camera.

With the big-screen success of Michael Moore and Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth, James said, there was a real appetite for documentary in the cinema at the moment. "It may be that they're harder to find on the TV at the moment. But there is a real hunger for less mediated information."

Re: Shine a Light is a big project
Posted by: little queenie ()
Date: November 3, 2006 12:03

when is it due out? i've most recently heard spring of '07 but that seems too soon.

Re: Shine a Light is a big project
Posted by: Gazza ()
Date: November 3, 2006 12:05

late '07

Re: Shine a Light is a big project
Posted by: Steven ()
Date: November 3, 2006 13:39

Unless it focuses on what a bunch of ass kissing, money grubbing bastards they are I doubt many will see it. I doubt people will forget the week leading up to these shows and how their fans were screwed over. That is the real story here, but Scorsese and his actors in Stones shirts won't tell it.

Re: Shine a Light is a big project
Posted by: iamthedj ()
Date: November 3, 2006 15:55

If this film is even a fraction as good as Scorsese's The Last Waltz we're all in for a treat! Will it have a worldwide cinema release, anyone know?

Re: Shine a Light is a big project
Posted by: jamesfdouglas ()
Date: November 3, 2006 15:57

It couldn't possibly be as good as The Last Waltz for any reason I can think of.

Re: Shine a Light is a big project
Posted by: iamthedj ()
Date: November 3, 2006 16:02

I'm afraid i have to agree with you. But fingers crossed?

Re: Shine a Light is a big project
Posted by: Rip This ()
Date: November 3, 2006 21:53

iamthedj Wrote:
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> If this film is even a fraction as good as
> Scorsese's The Last Waltz we're all in for a
> treat! Will it have a worldwide cinema release,
> anyone know?


yes.the rights are already sold and distribution is international........this is a big production.

Re: Shine a Light is a big project
Posted by: Gazza ()
Date: November 3, 2006 22:25

Big production - sure - but its hardly going to be major box office material.

Rock films are of minimal interest most of the times and a Rolling Stones concert film is hardly going to make much of a commercial splash

I wouldnt be at all surprised if it ends up on TV instead of in the cinema.

Re: Shine a Light is a big project
Posted by: LOGIE ()
Date: November 3, 2006 22:30

I can't help thinking about the aptly titled Leonard Cohen song, Dress Rehearsal Rag, with the immortal lines,

"It's come to this, yes it's come to this, and wasn't it a long way down, wasn't it a strange way down..."

Re: Shine a Light is a big project
Posted by: Rip This ()
Date: November 3, 2006 22:46

......tough crowd........I think Jagger is already on record that he beleives at least 1,000 copies of the DVD will be sold..........so I doubt anyone expects this to compete with Pirates of the Caribean or Brokeback Mountain even..........but given the people involved in the project they are absolutely going for critical acclaim.

Re: Shine a Light is a big project
Date: November 4, 2006 00:31

Steven Wrote:
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> Unless it focuses on what a bunch of ass kissing,
> money grubbing bastards they are I doubt many will
> see it. I doubt people will forget the week
> leading up to these shows and how their fans were
> screwed over. That is the real story here, but
> Scorsese and his actors in Stones shirts won't
> tell it.

For Christ's sake stop the crying. It's old. I had two shows postponed but I am not going to weep like a newborn over it. So a band can't postpone a show on the day of the show. I can see it now...."What's that Keith? Your appendix burst? Sorry, the show starts in 6 hours...You have to go on."

FAH3



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2006-11-04 00:32 by FormerlyKnownAsFAH.

Re: Shine a Light is a big project
Posted by: JbirdOU ()
Date: November 4, 2006 03:17

I think it will top The Last Waltz, I love the The Band, All props to them , But this the ROLLING STONES, It will be a big success, at least in my neck of the woods.

Re: Shine a Light is a big project
Posted by: angee ()
Date: November 4, 2006 03:27

Jagger said Wednesday night at the show that there will be 2,000 copies sold, anyway.

(Slight modification to what you said, Rip This. I heard it there.)

Re: Shine a Light is a big project
Posted by: little queenie ()
Date: November 4, 2006 03:39

angee Wrote:
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> Jagger said Wednesday night at the show that there
> will be 2,000 copies sold, anyway.
>
> (Slight modification to what you said, Rip This.
> I heard it there.)

yes, i think he meant everyone in the audience would want a copy, at least...

Re: Shine a Light is a big project
Posted by: angee ()
Date: November 4, 2006 03:47

Yes! Funny.

Re: Shine a Light is a big project
Posted by: Tumblin_Dice_07 ()
Date: November 4, 2006 07:28

FormerlyknownasFAH said <For Christ's sake stop the crying. It's old. I had two shows postponed but I am not going to weep like a newborn over it. So a band can't postpone a show on the day of the show. I can see it now...."What's that Keith? Your appendix burst? Sorry, the show starts in 6 hours...You have to go on.">

I agree.........how many times have the Stones done this in their career??? I asked this same question before on another thread but nobody answered.

Re: Shine a Light is a big project
Date: November 4, 2006 14:47

Tumblin_Dice_07 Wrote:
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> FormerlyknownasFAH said
>
> I agree.........how many times have the Stones
> done this in their career??? I asked this same
> question before on another thread but nobody
> answered.

How many times has been Mick been sick but still went on? Sacramento 1999 led to the postponement of the San Jose shows. What about Nuremberg 1998? It has happened more recently but in the grand scheme of things not many times.

Re: Shine a Light is a big project
Posted by: Rocky Dijon ()
Date: November 4, 2006 16:00

Considering the major studio push behind SHINE A LIGHT and that the scope of the documentary is more than just this tour, I would strongly suspect their will be a cross-marketing tie-in with Virgin Records releasing something like a three-disc SHINE A LIGHT package for Christmas 2007. This would likely be one disc of the Beacon shows and possibly some Austin tracks, one disc live anthology (as rumored around the time of LIVE LICKS), and one disc of alternate versions, BBC tracks, and outtakes in conjunction with ABKCO. I would also note that the planned 2008 release of the animated RUBY TUESDAY is being produced by Jagged Films. I would strongly suspect that along with Stones classics courtesy of ABKCO on the soundtrack, Jagged Recordings will provide a few new Mick Jagger songs for the film. I can't imagine the Stones providing songs for Jagged Films rather than Promotone and since Mick's planned remake of THE WOMEN which he was going to contribute songs to didn't get off the ground, this seems likely to be the project Mick is planning on writing songs for next year. This would also explain Keith's rumblings about some sort of Winos reunion. Purely speculation on my part, bear in mind.

Re: Shine a Light is a big project
Posted by: thor ()
Date: November 4, 2006 16:11

Geeez...finally some people airing their opinions on this cancellation thing. They have been on the road for well over a year, countless hpurs in airplanes, cars, hotels as well as about 110 shows of running, singing and frankly dancing his ass off. His voice gets tired a few times and everyone is calling them greedy bastards, money mongers, etc. Not many 63 year olds can keep up that kind of pace for over a year and not come down with something. I enjoy reading this board but the number of cry babies on here is just getting ridiculous...and the Set List crying!...there is a another subject....every night the same whining. Move on people.

Re: Shine a Light is a big project
Posted by: melillo ()
Date: November 4, 2006 16:15

Steven Wrote:
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> Unless it focuses on what a bunch of ass kissing,
> money grubbing bastards they are I doubt many will
> see it. I doubt people will forget the week
> leading up to these shows and how their fans were
> screwed over. That is the real story here, but
> Scorsese and his actors in Stones shirts won't
> tell it.


have to agree with this, steven is right, but then again when this movie gets released i will be there

Re: Shine a Light is a big project
Posted by: georgeV ()
Date: November 4, 2006 16:46

Gazza Wrote:
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> Big production - sure - but its hardly going to be
> major box office material.
>
> Rock films are of minimal interest most of the
> times and a Rolling Stones concert film is hardly
> going to make much of a commercial splash
>
> I wouldnt be at all surprised if it ends up on TV
> instead of in the cinema.


I agree with you Gazza. I don't see who is going to go to this on a Saturday night except the people on Shidoobee, IORR, RO and Undercover. Don't see how this will recoup the investment wxcept for DVD sales. Casual fans and the average movie-goer is not going to chose this mover the next Hugh Grant film.



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